Species: Cultivated Apple (Egremont Russet) (Malus domestica)

Family: Roses (ROSACEAE)

Category: Flowering Plants

Location: SW

A. Flowering Plants

More extensive information on flowering plants can be found in a separate blog post.

B. Roses (ROSACEAE)

The Rose family gives us many of our most commercially important fruits, such as the Prunus species. They have alternate leaves and 5-petalled flowers.

C. Cultivated Apple (Egremont Russet) (Malus domestica)

The wild ancestor of our cultivated apple is Malus sieversii from central Asia, particularly the western slopes of the Tian Shan mountains. When this variety reached Europe, via the Middle East, where apple cultivation occurred 5000 years ago, it was crossed with the wild crab apple, Malus sylvestris, to give the first of many apple varieties.

In the cemetery we have Egremont Russet apple trees growing. This variety is a dessert cultivar, developed in the 1870s by the Earl of Egremont at Petworth.

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Cultivated Apple (Egremont Russet)

This variety of cultivated Apple is a dessert cultivar, developed in the 1870s by the Earl of Egremont at Petworth.

Cultivated Apple (Egremont Russet)

The wild ancestor of our cultivated apple is Malus sieversii from central Asia.